Big Ten Women's Basketball Players Named Wooden Award Preseason Candidates
Oct. 31, 2007
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - Wisconsin senior Jolene Anderson, Michigan State sophomore Allyssa DeHaan and Ohio State senior Marscilla Packer were all named candidates for the 2007-08 Women's Wooden Award, the John. R. Wooden Award committee announced on Wednesday.
Anderson, DeHaan and Packer are three of 30 candidates named to the list of players who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the frontrunners for college basketball's most coveted trophy.
Wisconsin's Anderson was the Big Ten's scoring champion in 2006-07, averaging 19.3 points per conference contest. The senior is the only returning member of last year's All-Big Ten first team and was named the 2007-08 Preseason Player of the Year by the conference coaches and the media. In addition, the Port Wing, Wis., native was a unanimous selection to the coaches and media Preseason All-Big Ten teams. Anderson is also a candidate for the State Farm Wade Trophy.
Michigan State's DeHaan set a Big Ten record with 145 blocked shots last season, finishing second in the nation in that category. The 6-9 Spartan center set a school record with 411 points and finished seventh in the Big Ten with 7.5 rebounds per game in 2006-07. The Grandville, Mich., native is one of just five sophomores on the Wooden Award watch list and was selected to the Preseason All-Big Ten team by the coaches and the media.
Ohio State's Packer finished the 2006-07 campaign averaging 10.4 points per game with a 1.93 assists-to-turnover ratio. A member of Ohio State's last three Big Ten Champion teams, Packer earned places on the 2007-08 coaches and media Preseason All-Big Ten teams and is also a member of the State Farm Wade Trophy watch list.
The 2007-08 season of Big Ten women's basketball tips off on Friday, Nov. 9 with seven of the conference's 11 teams in action. This year's campaign features more national and regional television coverage than ever before with 65 regular-season games set to air on CBS, the Big Ten Network, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN360.com and FSN.
The complete list of Wooden Award candidates can be found below.
Women's John R. Wooden Award Preseason
All-American Team - Top 30 Candidates
(Based on a preseason poll. Players listed alphabetically.)
* Indicates player was a 2006-07 Wooden Award All-American